The Miami Marlins have Brad Hand going for them on Tuesday night against the Chicago Cubs. Hand, a 6-foot-3 lefty, came out of the bullpen to throw five scoreless innings at the Pittsburgh Pirates six days ago. He has come on board in the rotation as a stop-gap measure as Miami deals with injuries to its starting rotation that have greatly contributed to the team's 20-32 record, which puts them nine games behind the Washington Nationals in the National League East. But Vietbet customers should be well advised that help could soon be on the way that might just improve the Marlins' fortunes.
There are many who believe that Jose Fernandez is one of the three or four best starting pitchers in baseball, but he just has not had an opportunity to show enough of it. The 22-year-old, who won the Rookie of the Year award in 2013, underwent Tommy John surgery last year, and he has been out up until just recently. Fernandez delivered some incredible news to the Miami management when he returned for an "extended spring training" game against some of the Marlins' minor-league players this Monday and looked like he had never been away.
Baseball bettors who follow this have read that he looked sensational, going three innings without allowing a hit, striking out seven batters and getting up to 97 mph on the gun. Fernandez is set to make a minor-league rehab start on Saturday playing in Class-A ball for Miami's affiliate in Jupiter. When he will be back in action in major-league ball is unknown, but he is not being rushed. Wayne Rosenthal, who is the rehab pitching coordinator for the club, says "if you go five (innings) and hope you can go seven, that's not what you want after surgery." Fernandez agrees that it is a "process" as well, and he knows that he might be fortunate to be back with the big club by the end of June. They could certainly use him; with a career ERA of 2.25, any return to form would make Marlins fans – at least those who remain – extremely excited.
In the baseball betting odds that have been put forward by Vietbet on Tuesday's game, the Cubs are favored on the road:
Chicago Cubs (Hendricks - R) -126
Miami Marlins (Hand - L) +116
Over 7.5 runs -125
Under 7.5 runs +105
Four out of the five pictures who were intended for the starting rotation in Miami are on the disabled list. One of those, Jarred Cosart, who is out with vertigo, also made a rehab appearance after Fernandez on Monday, giving up one hit in five innings. Matt Latos is about to make a minor-league rehab start, so he should be back soon. Also on the DL is Henderson Alvarez, who made the National League All-Star team last season. Not that Miami does not have any talent in the minor-league system; they recently brought up Jose Urena who had a 1.21 ERA at Triple-A Las Vegas.
On Tuesday they will face Kyle Hendricks, who has been a tough customer for the Cubs lately, giving up just one earned run in his last 16 innings. Vietbet customers saw that part of that was complete-game shutout at San Diego on May 21. Last time out he gave up four hits over seven innings against Washington. The Cubs are 27-22 and five games in back of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central. They are also only a half a game behind in the race for the second wild-card spot.
The Marlins hope to set the table with Dee Gordon, acquired in a trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the off-season, who is hitting .370 to lead the major leagues. His 20 stolen bases is also second in the National League. Giancarlo Stanton continues to hit with power, as his 15 homers are third in the NL, but he is batting only .228. Yeah, they will need that pitching boost.
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